car reviews

  • The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 provides more evidence of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) technology trickling down to more affordable cars. Between the luxury of the 2017 Volvo S90 and the Spartan appeal of the 2017 Toyota Yaris lies the Mazda3 in the middle ground. In order to get all of the ADAS goodness, you have to begin with the Grand Touring trim level, which starts at $24,195. Then you… Read More

  • The 2017 Toyota Yaris points to the future of cars

    The 2017 Toyota Yaris points to the future of cars

    When presented with a list of cars to test drive, the 2017 Toyota Yaris might not jump out at most people as the top choice. It’s not fancy, and it’s not a status symbol, but it’s got all the safety tech a person could want — and a touch screen — for $16,815. The test Yaris had not one single extra. The optional equipment column was a big blank space. The… Read More

  • 2016 Lexus GS-F is fast, but not from the future

    2016 Lexus GS-F is fast, but not from the future

    It’s unfair to critique anything outside its purpose. You can’t judge a poem using essay criteria; you can’t pit the latest album from Leonard Cohen against Beyoncé. So you have to ask, even in reviewing a car, what its purpose is and does it succeed. The 2016 Lexus GS-F is meant to be a performance sedan, and in that it definitely succeeds. But they gave it to me, an… Read More

  • A Week In The Gigantic Infiniti QX56 SUV Mobile Tech Wonderland

    First impression? The 2011 Infiniti QX56 is a monster. Like really big. I grew up in a world of Tahoes and Suburbans, but this Infiniti QX56 feels the size of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle — with a fancy plush interior of course. I’m not entirely sure why the civilized world needs such a large vehicle just to move snotty kids around town but I like it. In fact, out of all the… Read More

  • Video Review: 2011 Scion xB #cgear
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  • 2011 Scion xB Tech: Light On Substance

    The Scion xB is a car for young people, so it better have the tech to match. Electronics in a car can be a beautiful thing – when done right. We got a fully equipped Scion xB for the week and checked the gear. The xB is one of those boxy-looking cars that can be customized with a slew of accessories from the factory. From a $449 XM radio receiver to a $290 illuminated doorsill, the… Read More

  • A Week In A Factory-Customized $27k Scion xB

    A Scion xB just found our driveway. I know what you’re thinking: it’s a boy-racer box-car. Well, you’d be right, but from first impression it’s actually pretty fun to drive. There isn’t much digitalism going on in the cabin — other than some LCD gauges, Bluetooth calling, touchscreen Alpine radio with XM, and selectable ambient lighting. But everything it… Read More

  • Video Review: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. The BMW M3 Contender.

    It’s not easy to get over the fact that the Germans have dominated the high-performance luxury car segment year after year. So, when I got hold of the Cadillac CTS-V coupe, I knew that it would be hard to be a fair judge. This car would really have to blow my socks off if it had any shot of taking out the M3; my experiences with GM vehicles haven’t always been positive. But… Read More

  • The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe: First Look At Motown's High-tech Rocket

    This is the car Batman drives just for kicks. Forget the Tumbler, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is where the real fun can be had. 556HP and 551 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged V8 and a robust navigation, hard drive-based media system complete with a pounding Bose system? Yessir, Mr. Wayne. Your ride is ready. Read More

  • Review: 2010 Range Rover Supercharged

    The Range Rover is an icon, perched above its peers as the sexiest offroad/onroad SUV on the planet. But does the performance match its looks? We were handed a 2010 Range Rover Supercharged to put to the test for an entire week. During that time we enjoyed off-road trails and river fording, rallying around old farm paths and even traversing an autocross course. We’ve already covered… Read More

  • The Gadgetry Inside the 2010 Range Rover Supercharged: Sadly Disappointing [Video]

    Let’s take a look at the 2010 Range Rover Supercharged infotainments systems because after all, shopping for in-vehicle technology is just about as important as feeling out the powertrain and suspension. Often these creature comforts can make or break a vehicle. But not the Range Rover Supercharged. Nope. Even though the infotainment stack is antiquated and the LCD dash cluster… Read More

  • A Week In The $100k 2010 Range Rover Supercharged

    The Range Rover is an iconic statement whether it’s cruising a city or traversing some wild land. It’s big, bold, and boisterous — just the way it should be. The 2010 (and half) Range Rover Supercharged maintains that high-brow pedigree but adds a bunch of gadgetry to the mix. It’s that technology that we’re here for. Sure, the Range Rover Supercharged can tackle… Read More